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August 19, 2014

Complements of Mosquito Creek Outdoors, Apopka, FL

Stormy Day Bass on a Pop Roller Plug

Lawson, Sandy and Braxton celabrate a Lagoon moment together as they admire Sandy's very respectable redfish.

Events and Seminars

August 23rd - 5pm NWTF Wekiva Springs Strutters 15th Annual Hunting Heritage Banquet and Auction. The event will be held at the Bahia Shrine Center, 2300 Pembroke Dr., Orlando, Florida 32810

This Week's Indian River lagoon Coast Fishing Report


Mike's Respectable Redfish

With our daytime highs in the mid to upper 90's on the Lagoon Coast of Florida, one can only describe our weather as Hot! Hot! Hot! While the heat is on, the mid summer doldrums are holding firm, with slight south to west winds between 5 to 10 mph. On top of the hot and slick conditions, I'm delighted to report the alga blooms in the Indian River Lagoon have only accrued in small isolated locations and the sea grass in many areas is showing significant improvement over last year during this same period.

Although the weather is very hot, the fishing has been good with good numbers of redfish patrolling the shallow flats in small packs, but they've been a challenge to catch as they are moving fast. Once you set up in front of them, you get one or two good shots at them before the blow by you.

On all charters this past week we caught redfish, but a significant amount of poling was required and only a few decent fish were caught. There were plenty of redfish sighted, but getting a lure or bait in front of hungry fish was the challenge.


Braxton's Redfish Releases


Braxton's Sea Trout

Even with the slow catching, I did have a very memorable charter sharing the deck of Three Quarter Time with three generations of the Dan family from Orlando. The eldest was Sandy, his son Lawson and his grandson Braxton. Lawson had purchased my charter donated to the Wounded Warrior Outdoors fundraiser last year, and elected to spend an unforgettable day on the water with his dad and son. The catching was slow, but the weather was perfect and we did manage a few very respectable fish.

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Fishing Forecast

August, 2014

Complements of Mosquito Creek Outdoors, Apopka, FL


Events and Seminars

August 9th - 11:30 to 4pm - Marine Swap Meet II will be held at Fish on Fire Restaurant, 7937 Daetwyler Dr., Orlando, 32809. Buy, sell or trade any marine products.

August 14th - 6 to 8pm - Orlando Kayak Fishing Club Meeting held at Mosquito Creek Outdoors, 170 South Washington Ave., Apopka, Fl 32703. Special guest speaker is Captain Tom Van Horn and the topic is gearing up for the fall mullet run.

August 23rd - 5pm NWTF Wekiva Springs Strutters 15th Annual Hunting Heritage Banquet and Auction. The event will be held at the Bahia Shrine Center, 2300 pembrook Dr., Orlando, Florida 32810

August Fishing Outlook

The summer doldrums have arrived in the Atlantic along the Indian River Lagoon Coast of Florida, and as long as the summer squalls (tropical storms) stay away and the Labrador Currents do not cool inshore waters too much, fishing along the beaches and in the inlets will remain good.

The Coriolis Effect or Labrador Current as it's referred to by many locals should be arriving soon pulling the warmer near-shore surface water out into the Gulf Stream causing a cold water upwelling to move in chilling down bottom temperatures and the bottom fishing in some areas along Florida's east coast. As the warm ocean surface water is blown out by a prevailing west to southwest winds in combination with the Coriolis Effect, cold water from the bottom of the sea moves in to replace it. It's my experience this same effect pulls water out of the estuaries causing low water conditions in the Mosquito and Indian River Lagoons during the peak of summer's rainy season. With average bottom water temperatures in the mid-sixties offshore finding warmer water is key to locating fish. It's difficult to predict the magnitude of the cold water push, but when it arrives look for the surface blue water bite to improve beyond the inshore reefs and wrecks of Chris Benson, 8A Reef, and Pelican Flats, with dolphin, black fin tuna, and cobia serving as the primary species, along with an occasional wahoo or sailfish. This is also the time of year when cooler bottom waters sometimes push the giant manta rays, cobia and kingfish in close to the shallow warmer shoals off of Cape Canaveral.

Along the beach, look for the silver kings (tarpon), smoker kings, blacktip sharks, jack crevalle, and redfish to be shadowing pods of Atlantic menhaden (pogies), threadfin herring (greenies), and bay anchovy (glass minnows) in close to the beach. Also look for snook fishing in the surf to improve, as we get closer to the commencement of the fall bait run and the turtle hatch. Remember snook are out of season, so if you target them, handle and release them with care. In and around the inlets, look for Spanish mackerel, tarpon, jack crevalle, and bonita to be working schools of glass minnows on the outside, and snook, redfish, mangrove snapper, and flounder in the area of jetties and other structure.


Angling on the lagoons will continue to show improvement, with fishing in the predawn and late evening hours being most productive. Look for groups of slot redfish and black drum in the skinny water holding in the vicinity of bait concentration, and target them utilizing smaller top-water plugs and soft swim baits like the D.O.A. Bait Buster. Once the sun starts to grow hot and the top-water bite slows down, bait becomes your better option. For larger trout, fish live pigfish in close to docks and other structure adjacent to deeper water. In deeper water, look for large schools of ladyfish, small trout, and tarpon pushing schools of glass minnows near the surface. These schools are easy to locate by watching for concentrations of birds, terns and cormorants, joining in on the frenzy, and they are perfect for fly anglers who are interested in the continuous fast and furious action provided by these speedsters. Currently, the Lagoon water levels are high due to above average rainfall, but look for the water levels to drop when the cold water moves in offshore. Last but not least, look for pompano schools holding in the shadows of the causeway bridges near the end of the month, and try fishing jigs tipped with shrimp or sand fleas (mole crabs) along the deeper edges and drop-offs. Currently, the lagoon water quality looks good with decent amounts of sea grass returning to some areas of the flats, so let's pray the alga blooms like the ones we've experienced these last few years stay away.

Captain Tom Van Horn